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100 1  Luo, Xiaoxiang 
245 10 From imperial city to cosmopolitan metropolis: Culture, 
       politics and state in late Ming Nanjing 
300    245 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-
       08, Section: A, page: 3546 
500    Adviser: Sucheta Mazumdar 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--Duke University, 2006 
520    This study examines the urban life of Nanjing, the 
       southern capital of Ming (1368-1644) China, in the last 
       decades before the Ming-Qing transition. Through close 
       readings of local gazetteers, official documents, private 
       collections, correspondences of missionaries, popular 
       prints, and other visual materials, my research 
       investigates the characteristics of urban culture and 
       politics of Nanjing against the unique socio-political 
       background of late Ming China 
520    Although taking urban culture and politics as the point of
       departure, this study methodologically differs from 
       previous discussions on the subject. Instead of following 
       the traditional approach of interpreting the link between 
       the late Ming market economy and its consequent impact on 
       the mental and cultural world of contemporary Chinese, 
       this research emphasizes factors of administrative 
       function, ceremonial symbolism, and institutional 
       facilities in shaping the urban life and politics. In 
       general, issues under investigation fall under three major
       questions: What factors promoted the urban development? 
       What was the nature of urban life and administration? And 
       what was the city's function within the regional urban 
520    This dissertation demonstrates that, as a major 
       administrative and political center under direct governing
       of the central government, the city of Nanjing was not a 
       mere administrative tool. Instead, it had a very energetic
       political culture and played an active role in the state 
       life. Its urban history exposes some basic problems in the
       relationship between local history and the history of the 
       state. Second, late Ming Nanjing showed strong ability to 
       incorporate new social and political elements of a 
       changing world into its life. To some extent, it was more 
       open to new cultural and political possibilities than were
       the other provincial and economically-developed towns and 
       cities. Finally, its relationship with the neighbouring 
       cities helped to stabilize the regional urban network. 
       Such a relationship, in turn, ensured the city's position 
       as the cultural and political center despite changes in 
       the socio-political environment. With this case study, I 
       attempt to provide some new perspective to the analysis of
       urban history appropriate to early modern Chinese cities 
590    School code: 0066 
590    DDC 
650  4 History, Asia, Australia and Oceania 
690    0332 
710 2  Duke University 
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